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HIV man appeals sex jail sentence

Mark Devereaux
Mark Devereaux was jailed for 10 years for his crime

A man jailed for 10 years after his pregnant girlfriend found out he had infected her with HIV is to appeal against his sentence.

Mark Devereaux, who also had unprotected sex with other women, had known he had the virus for nine years.

His 28-year-old partner, who was pregnant with twins, chose to have them aborted after discovering she had HIV.

Devereaux, 41, has lodged an appeal against the length of his sentence, the Scottish Courts Service said.

He was working offshore when his partner found a letter in their home, in the north east of Scotland, which said he was HIV positive.

'Utterly irresponsible'

Devereaux, latterly of Dundee, admitted four charges of culpable and reckless conduct dating from January 2003 to December 2008.

During sentencing at the High Court in Dumbarton last month, judge Lord Pentland told Devereaux his behaviour had been "utterly irresponsible, dangerous and selfish".

One of Devereaux's other victims, who had a relationship with him in 2003, said at the time: "He is definitely an evil person - he is extremely manipulative.

"Thankfully, I wasn't infected with HIV."

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